A question for Daniel Ausema

Q: Do you often include animals in your stories? What role do they play?

A: It varies a lot, from story to story. My steampunk-fantasy novel series includes giant beetles that can pull carriages, because giant beetles are cool. But it’s not uncommon for me to have stories with animals like the thorn creature in this story—I write myself into a situation where a human character is alone, but I want them to have some kind of dialogue or interaction with another character of some kind, so I’ll give them an animal sidekick. You learn a lot about a character by how they treat those animal companions.


Daniel Ausema’s story “By the Scars Shall You Know
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 July 2022.
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About Daniel Ausema

Daniel Ausema’s stories and poems of strange magic and wondrous worlds have appeared in many publications. He is drawn to the lyrical and the allusive in a wide range of speculative genres, in everything from microfiction to novels. He lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies.

danielausema.com, @ausema


Daniel Ausema’s story “By the Scars Shall You Know
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 July 2022.
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July 2022

MetaphorosisBeautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • The Eye of the Goddess — Samuel Parr
  • The Lost Library — Mahmud El Sayed
  • By the Scars Shall You Know — Daniel Ausema
  • The Girl Who Drew the World — L.D. Oxford
  • The Heebie-Jeebie Beam — E.C. Fuller

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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